Thursday Top of the Scroll: California’s snowpack, groundwater keep dropping
New numbers continue to show California Sierra snowpack is dropping along with the state’s groundwater but why is that important? Check out this image below and you’ll see all of the ways we use snowpack. That Spring snowmelt not only fills our streams, reservoirs and lakes, we also use it for agriculture, household, ecology and hydropower. In total providing one-third of the state’s water supply. The problem lately, we just can’t get enough storms to keep the snowpack at normal levels. This year only finished at 42% of normal.
- LA Times: Winter’s second wind - Mammoth Mountain resort extends ski season into June
- Marin Independent Journal: Marin waters suppliers bolster wildfire defenses
- San Francisco Chronicle: Temperatures to soar into the 90s in this part of the S.F. Bay Area, raising wildfire worries
- Herald & News: Gov. Brown, fire officials warn of challenging wildfire season
- San Joaquin Valley Sun: Madera Co. OKs incentives for new Oakhurst resort, groundwater policies
- Ag Alert: Water storage, recharge focus of Sonoma summit